We have seen a number of products which are classified as robots that do the mundane tasks that we have to take care as part of day to day life. The big one that everyone is familiar with is the Robotic Vacuum which is pretty popular as robots go. We have seen robots that will wash your windows for you as well. These items have defined boundaries to work within so they know where they are as they find the edges of the room or window. But what happens as items now move to the outdoors to help with some of the tasks.
The John Deere Autonomous Mower is a robotic mower which can travel through the grass and mow your lawn while you are off doing something else with your time. All these types of robotic items are designed to free your time up. So, when a robot mower is outdoors, there still has to be boundaries to be defined so that it does not try and escape from your property. So the robotic John Deere mower has boundary wires which have to be installed prior to using it and this idea is part of all robotic lawnmowers on the market. These are nothing more than sensors which the robotic computer senses and keeps track of to determine how and where it is able to go.
This particular model in the picture is the Tango E5 from John Deere and is design to handle a yard of up to 1,800 square meters (about 19,300 square feet). It is powered by a 2600 mAh lithium battery outputting at 36 volts and should provide for operation for about an hour on a full charge. The one drawback is there is no bag attachment to collect the cut grass. This one covers a decent amount of space, but there are smaller and larger models along with other companies providing robotic lawnmowers. Contact an authorized John Deere dealer for pricing.
An example of another company providing robotic mowers is Honda. The Honda Mimo is another of the robotic lawnmowers from a big name company. They will have the Mimo in 2 sizes, one the 300 and the other the 500. Pricing is estimated at $2600 and $3000. Another well known company is Bosch and their Indego robotic mower. These are the higher end products and available in Europe. A lessor known brand name is the Robomow robotic lawnmower and is available in the US through Sears with starting prices less than $2000.
Some consider these to be statements about your attitude towards mowing the lawn. But, they are a sign of coming robotic technology which will be doing more of our work activities in the future. We can expect to see pricing on these move downward if they become very popular.
Would you consider getting a robotic lawnmower?